How To Overcome Fears
Most people have a fear of something and
they search for how to overcome fears. Here
are some tips on how to
overcome fears, and
overcome all the
obstacles that fear
1) Check your expectations.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by fear -
so much so that it prevented you from doing something you wanted to do?
Believe it or not, this is a common problem faced by many people daily.
Fear has the power to hold you back from taking risks, following your
dreams, or becoming successful at anything you attempt to do. If you allow
it to control you for long enough, it can eventually erode your quality of
life and keep you locked in a prison of inactivity.
What many people fail to realize is that fear is nothing more
than a conditioned response. It's a natural reaction to a frightening or
unfamiliar situation. While it is usually automatic, there are things you
can do to overcome it. You build confidence,
grow, expand your comfort zone and your life as you confront and learn how
to overcome fears. Each time you stand up for yourself in a difficult
situation and overcome fears , youíll have more courage than before.
One major contributor of fear is the prevalence of
negative expectations. Do you usually find yourself
expecting the worst in every situation? Do you worry
obsessively about what could go wrong, rather than
focusing on your strengths and capabilities?
If you make a conscious effort to expect the best, see
the positive side of each situation and keep reminding
yourself that you can handle more than you often think,
you'll find yourself with much less fear to deal with.
Even if feelings of fear do manage to creep into your
consciousness, you'll still be able to keep them in
perspective and balance them against an underlying sense
2) Discredit your fears.
Experts will tell you that the majority of things you
fear will never come to pass anyway. While this may be
true, it sure doesn't feel that way when fear has a
chokehold on you! However, if you look a little more
closely at your fears when they arise, you may be able
to dismiss at least a few.
For example, if you have a fear of public speaking and
your boss wants you to give a presentation at work, you
might feel like your life (and perhaps your livelihood)
is on the line. You may fear getting fired, or worry
that your colleagues will lose respect for you if you
don't do a good job.
But is any of this likely to happen? In most cases, no.
Rather than worrying about what "might" happen if you
don't give a solid presentation, you might brainstorm
ways to help improve your performance, such as being
well prepared, practicing your delivery on friends and
family members, writing notes to yourself and so on.
3) Do the very thing you fear.
When you remember that fear is simply a feeling, it
loses much of its power. It can't harm you and except in
truly threatening situations you can choose to ignore it
and move forward anyway.
If you weigh the pros and cons in any situation, you may
decide that the possibility of negative consequences is
minimal so there's nothing to stop you from ignoring
your fear and going for it! This will be determined by
you on a case by case basis, of course. The point isn't
to become reckless with your decision-making but rather
to empower yourself to know when a fear is groundless
and easily overcome.
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